Identifying scales with the scale detective

In this tour, you will learn how to identify, extract and use the scale of a recording with the help of the scale detective.

What the scale detective does

The scale detective captures for you the individual character of a scale. To do this, it analyzes the intervals found in the audio material as well as their implications for the mode of the scale. The result is a scale grid that represents the music analyzed in an optimal fashion. But, naturally, you are also free to edit the extracted scale as well as save it and apply it to other material — in this way imbuing a second recording with the special character of the first.

Showing the scale detective and adjusting its sensitivity

Right-click the pitch ruler and select Scale Editor > Scale Detective from the context menu.

A new column appears at the extreme left of the screen displaying the findings of the scale detective. The ‘mountains’ there represent the intervals detected: the higher the mountain, the more importance is attached by Melodyne to the role of the interval in question in the mode of the scale.

The slider at the top of the scale detective column governs the sensitivity of the analysis and with it the number of intervals detected and displayed. The intervals displayed should correspond as closely as possible to the intervals actually played. Adjust the sensitivity until only as many intervals are displayed as the scale in your view contains.

The analysis will take into consideration only the notes selected, unless no notes are selected, in which case all will be considered.

Scale detection options

A right-click on the scale detective column opens the following context menu:

Applying the detected scale.

To apply the detected scale to the current scale grid, check the option ‘Apply Analysis’ in the context menu of the scale detective column on the extreme left of the screen. You can then edit, save and apply to other material your new scale just like any other.